The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Longest Day

Seventy years ago today, hundreds of thousands of Allied airmen, sailors and troops, along with some of the French underground resistance, launched the second front in the war against Nazi Germany.  What was once a ubiquitous military term meaning the designated date an operation would commence - "D-Day" - became forever associated with June 6, 1944.  Below is a photo of the type of the fortifications those troops would have faced.  I have a collection of such photos from a very interesting source, and I will be including more of them in upcoming posts.

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